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About to start second chemo cycle

Three weeks ago I started my first cycle of chemotherapy. The original plan was that I should have started the second cycle today, but last week my oncologist decided that he would like to assess progress on this cycle, by looking at blood test results before starting the next cycle. This morning I went to my GP to get the blood taken for the tests so that they’ll be ready for when I see the oncologist tomorrow morning. I expect that I’ll get a new bag of 5-FU, as Wednesday is my regular bag-change day, but I’m not certain about that. Moreover, things have been going so well over the last week that I have quite a few questions to ask him. For example, I’ve forgotten to take my daytime paracetamol doses twice in the last couple of days, and I’ve noticed no ill effects whatsoever. Couple that with my improved appetite, and putting on weight, and it really does look as though the current cycle of chemo is having quite a positive effect. I’d like to know whether these effects are real or just coincidences.

The new plan is that I go into hospital on Thursday, staying overnight, to start the second cycle. I’ll come home on Friday afternoon or evening to find my sister-in-law and her boyfriend visiting us. They will be here not only to visit, but also to help Gillian with husband-sitting duties. We have planned an orgy of food for the weekend, so I hope that the side-effects of the other two chemotherapy drugs won’t be too long lasting, otherwise I might be stuck watching them enjoy all the great food.

Between now and Thursday I shall be signing the papers to start the Lasting Power of Attorney process. I am looking forward to it, as I really want to be sure that Gillian is able to manage my affairs if I can’t any more.

With all that going on, things may be a little quiet around here until the week-end, by which time I’m sure I’ll have a lot to write about. See you all then…

{ 9 } Comments

  1. Mike K | 2 February 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink


    It was great meet up for coffee with you and a few members of the old DTG team last week. I hope the next session of chemo goes well and that if you do get a ‘buzz’ from the steroids it is at an enjoyable level.


    Mike K.

  2. Zoe Lock | 2 February 2010 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Enjoy the orgy! Not a sentence I was expecting to write today.

    Fantastic to read that you are feeling pretty good this week.


  3. icyjumbo | 2 February 2010 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    @Mike, I think I’ve learned to feel the buzz without the drugs, thank heavens.

    @Zoe, you can be sure I’ll do my very best!

  4. Neil Briscombe | 3 February 2010 at 11:39 pm | Permalink


    So very glad to hear that you had this delay and felt better in it. Sorry I was away on work last Thursday – look forward to seeing you next time. Best wishes for tomorrow and hope the cycle goes well for you.



  5. icyjumbo | 4 February 2010 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely. But the bread here is soft, mushy stuff, I’m afraid. My bread is herby and crusty too. The soups have various things. The most recent was my own version of minestrone, with chicken stock, courgettes, onions, garlic, tomato, carrots, chicken matches, pasta and parmesan. The onion, leek, and potato soup has stock in it too.

    Tinned vegetables are always mushy, aren’t they. And they don’t like salt and sugar as much as tomato paste/sauce does, I’m afraid.

    My tip: buy and use a stock pot. 🙂

  6. Neil Briscombe | 5 February 2010 at 12:04 am | Permalink


    Think this only makes sense as reply to


    did you decode WIWTKI? put that in as a teaser but sure it wouldnt take you long

    I only found out recently through Jemima’s home work that olives are fermented to make them edible – thought they were only cured or something

    anyway hope you are back home and comfy (and warm) now



  7. icyjumbo | 5 February 2010 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I know it does. I’m sorry. I was tired when I made the comment, and I’d already moved it once from one wrong post, to another.

    What I want to know is, what does WIWTKI mean? 😉

    Yes, I am writing this from home. Josina, Gillian’s sister, and her boyfriend are here husband sitting. They made a great lunch, and even tidied up afterwards, which is fortunate as I am feeling a little queasy. But that is improving fast, and I should be fairly normal by Saturday evening, just in time for the blow-out meal I had planned for the weekend.

  8. Neil Briscombe | 6 February 2010 at 8:56 am | Permalink


    sounds like well looked after – what’s on the blow out menu?

  9. icyjumbo | 6 February 2010 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Friday night: pork chop, pear, parsnip, and potato all marinated in rosemary, lemon and garlic dressing then roasted together in a single roasting dish. Easy but tasty.

    Sat breakfast: hash from last night’s leftovers; poached eggs, bacon, and sausages.

    Sat lunch: bread, cold meat, cheese (need a break, so something light)

    Sat evening: roast lamb with all the trimmings, as far as I take that.

    Sun breakfast: pancakes

    Sun lunch: shredded lamb layered casserole, from Sat night left-overs.

    Sun evening: ?

    A real blow out!